Reunion Population 2020 (Live)

896,122
The current population of Reunion is 896,122, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 895,312.

Reunion Growth Rate

Reunion Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Saint-Denis137,195
Saint-Paul99,307
Saint-Pierre76,655
Le Tampon69,986
Saint-Andre48,674
Saint-Louis47,881
Le Port40,771
Saint-Benoit35,310
Saint-Joseph33,694
Sainte-Marie31,636

Reunion Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020895,3120.72%358.1216236
2019888,9270.73%355.5716236
2018882,5260.73%353.0116237
2017876,1340.73%350.4516238
2016869,7430.74%347.9016238
2015863,3630.78%345.3516238
2010830,5190.97%332.2116238
2005791,5981.45%316.6416035
2000736,7101.81%294.6815938
1995673,5411.98%269.4215941
1990610,5821.79%244.2316041
1985558,6991.87%223.4816039
1980509,2650.99%203.7116040
1975484,7770.97%193.9116039
1970462,0253.41%184.8115837
1965390,7753.08%156.3115841
1960335,6932.85%134.2815842
1955291,6583.29%116.6616047
1950248,1100.00%99.2416051

Reunion Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020895,3120.72%358.1216236
2025926,6990.69%370.6816336
2030954,8060.60%381.9216336
2035978,5110.49%391.4016335
2040995,8940.35%398.3616435
20451,006,2220.21%402.4916438
20501,009,8760.07%403.9516441
20551,008,173-0.03%403.2716542
20601,003,083-0.10%401.2316542
2065996,145-0.14%398.4616542
2070988,321-0.16%395.3316543
2075979,759-0.17%391.9016543
2080969,764-0.21%387.9116444
2085957,428-0.26%382.9716344
2090941,903-0.33%376.7616444
2095923,007-0.40%369.2016645

Reunion Population by Year (Projections)

Reunion Population Pyramid 2020

Reunion Population by Age

There are 643,708 adults in Reunion.

Reunion Population Pyramid

Saint-Denis is the administrative capital of Réunion, and the most populous commune among all French overseas departments with a population of 150,000. Nearby Saint-Marie has a population of around 40,000. Saint-Paul has an estimated population of 105,000, followed by Saint-Pierre at 80,000.

Réunion Demographics

Réunion has great ethnic diversity, with groups of African, Indian, Malagasy, Chinese and European descent. All ethnic groups are from immigrants who came to the island from Africa, Asia and Europe over the last three hundred years, and there are no indigenous people. These groups married together very early, and the population today is mostly of mixed race.

The number of each ethnicity is unknown, as France bans ethnic censuses. Estimates place the white population at 25%, with Indians accounting for 25% and those of Chinese ancestry accounting for 3%. Those of Gujarati and South Indian origin account for the majority of Indians on Réunion. Creoles, which refers to people born on the island, regardless of ethnic identity, account for the majority of the population.

The most common religion is Roman Catholicism, although many also practice Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Chinese folk religion.

Réunion History

Réunion has little recorded history before the Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, although it was familiar to Arab traders. The arrival of Portuguese explorers in 1507 was the first European contact with the area, and it was uninhabited at the time. The island was named Santa Apolonia and remained untouched for about 100 years. It was then occupied and claimed for France in 1642, when Jacques Pronis deported French mutineers to the island. The convicts were later returned to France and the island was named Île Bourbon in 1649.

The name of Réunion was given in 1793, although it was temporarily named in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801, and then again renamed Bourbon until the French Revolution of 1848.

From the 17th through the 19th century, French immigration, as well as an influx of African, Chinese and Indian immigrants, gave the island an ethnic mix. Most of the immigrants from outside of Europe were slaves prior to 1848, and then many were indentured workers afterward.

Between 1968 and 1982, about 1,600 children from the island were relocated to France. Réunion exile Jean-Jacques Martial brought legal action against a politician in 2002 for kidnapping and deportation of minors.

About Reunion

  1. UN World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer